Certificates of Advanced Study

Upskill and Differentiate Yourself in a Competitive Job Market

Through flexible certificate programs, you can expand your technical expertise with highly marketable skills and enter a new field where hiring is strong and experts like you are in demand. There are a number of ways you can take the next step in your career with a certificate program. 

  • For no additional coursework supplement your master’s degree with targeted electives aligned with one of our four certificate programs. 
  • Start your journey at the iSchool with a certificate program, and in as few as six months add new technical skills to your resume
  • Upon completing a certificate program, apply your credits towards a master’s degree to continue to upskill and advance your career.

Certificate of advanced study programs include:

Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science

The CAS in Data Science is a 15-credit, graduate-level certificate that equips students with a mixture of technical and theoretical skills in the field of data science. Curriculum for the CAS in Data Science can be tailored to fit each student’s career goals.

Areas of study include:

  • Data analytics
  • Data storage and management
  • Data visualization
  • General systems management


Required Core Coursework - 6 credits

Electives - 9 Credits

Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management

The CAS in Information Security Management is a 15-credit, graduate-level certificate that offers coursework in information security technology, policy, risk management and evaluation.

Students learn to:

  • Promote a high degree of complex technical security
  • Manage increased operational costs
  • Navigate diverse policies
  • Monitor and respond to user behavior


Required Core Coursework - 3 credits

Secondary Focus Areas - 6 Credits

Management Security
Technology Security

Information Studies - 6 Credits

Certificate of Advanced Study in Enterprise Technology Leadership

The CAS in Enterprise Technology Leadership (ETL) is a 15-credit, graduate-level certificate featuring an interdisciplinary curriculum designed by the School of Information Studies and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. The ETL certificate fits the needs of working professionals in a variety of fields who are working toward or aspire to be in technology leadership roles. The ETL certificate is also designed to assist companies in cultivating technology leadership within their organization.


Required Core Coursework - 6 credits

All students must take Leadership in Organizations or Strategic Management and Managing Information Systems or Introduction to Data Science.

Electives - 9 Credits

Applied Data Science
Information Management
Management in Business Administration

Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Technology Management

The CAS in Information Technology Management is a 15-credit, graduate level certificate that provides foundational management skills specialized for the IT field to enable you to use computer systems to help any business or organization. You’ll learn to align business strategy with IT resources and generate value through the use of technology, using knowledge ranging from database administration to network architecture and more.


Required Core Coursework - 3 credits

Students wanting a general preparation in both information management and technology may wish to take all three introductory courses, substituting for an elective below.

Electives - 9 credits

Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media

The CAS in School Media is a 21-credit certificate program for those who already possess an accredited master's degree in library and information science and want certification as a school library media specialist.

Students must first undergo a thorough review of their graduate library science degree transcript to determine if the core graduate and undergraduate course requirements have been fulfilled. If all requirements have not been met, additional courses will be required.


Required Core Coursework - 18 credits

Exit Requirements - 3 Credits

  • School Media Practicum


School media students must complete a total of 100 (noncredit) hours of fieldwork in elementary and secondary school libraries before their first practicum experience. A minimum of 15 hours must be with students with special needs.

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